Matthew Ritchie was born in London, England in 1964. Ritchie studied at Boston University, Boston Massachusetts, 1982, and Camberwell School of Art, London, England, 1983-86.
Matthew Ritchie’s work defies categorization: it began as an exploration of systems of knowledge, those that already exist and ones of his own making, to create the personal ‘working model’ on which his visual language is based. He recombines these systems into what he describes as a ‘super-positional state’ that both extends the space of painting and attempts to recover meaning from the complexity and entropy of modern life. Frequently working across multiple disciplines, he then applies this model to a specific “site”; which can be an idea, place or a time.
Ritchie’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions including: Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY; the Venice Architecture Biennale; the Seville Biennale; the Havana Biennale; Matthew Ritchie, The Iron City, St. Louis Art Museum; Wunderkammern, Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Guggenheim Collection, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; Not For Sale, PS1, New York; Confines, IVAM, Valencia, Spain; The Shapes of Space, Guggenheim Museum, New York; Between Art and Life, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Kaleidoscopic Eye, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; In the Beginning: Artists Respond to Genesis, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Experimental Marathon, Reykjavik, Reykjavik Art Museum; The Last Scattering, Phase Two, London , To the Milky Way by Bicycle, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany; The Architectural Imaginary in Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. He will be an Artist in Residence at the Getty Research Institute in Spring 2012.
Matthew Ritchie lives and works in New York.